I just adore chicken soup and have shared so many recipes in the past. This time I’m sharing a different one with a delightful Asian flair. This soup is so delicious and loaded with good-for-you ingredients. I’m using brown rice instead of noodles, lean chicken, edamame, mushrooms, scallions and ginger. One cup serving has 211 calories, 4 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients for Soup:
3 (14 oz) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth, I like Swanson’s
2 cups mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon sherry, optional
1 tablespoon ginger (in a jar), see shopping tip
2 cups cooked chicken breasts, cut into small chunks, see shopping tip
1¼ cups frozen or fresh edamame, shelled
½ cup scallions (green onions), sliced
1½ cups cooked brown rice, I love Basmati brown rice, see shopping tip
Ingredients for Garnish: (optional)
¼ cup scallions, sliced
1. In a large pot, add chicken broth, mushrooms, soy sauce, sugar, sherry and ginger and mix well. Turn heat up to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
2. Stir in the chicken, edamame and ½ cup scallions. Continue to cook for 10 more minutes. Add brown rice and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
3. Ladle 1 cup into each bowl. Sprinkle with a little scallions and sesame seeds, if desired.
Makes 8 cups (each serving, 1 cup)
Edamame (soybeans) are extremely high in protein and fiber, provide useful amounts of B vitamins, significant calcium and a little zinc.
Mushrooms contain fiber, iron, niacin, folate, vitamin C and complex carbohydrates.
Brown rice is a good source of magnesium which helps to maintain proper blood pressure. It also contains a fair amount of fiber, iron, niacin, thiamine and vitamin B6.
I love the flavor of Swanson’s chicken broth however, if you’re on a reduced-sodium diet, choose a broth with much less sodium.
My favorite rice to use is Basmati brown rice. You can find it now in most supermarkets. I bought it at Trader Joe’s.
I love the cooked chicken breasts at Trader Joe’s but any cooked and skinned chicken will work just fine.
Chopped or crushed ginger, in a jar, can be found in the produce section near garlic, in a jar.
Weight Watchers SmartPoints 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5
Weight Watchers (old points) 4
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup (doesn’t include optional toppings)
211 calories, 4g fat, 0.3g sat. fat, 17mg chol, 19g protein, 24g carbs, 3g fiber, 769mg sodium, 7g sugar